backpacking

Chain Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

The Chain Lakes have always been on my radar. We finally made it, on a hot and smoky weekend in late August. It was as beautiful as I imagined.

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Too Much Good Stuff

If you're exhausted and happy, you're doing something right.

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South Ridge San Jacinto

Being a parent who loves to get out on outdoor adventures can be challenging. While we've successfully taken our little one on numerous backpacking trips and hikes, it's often...

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A February Backpack

Being from the northwest, a backpacking trip in February is a bit of a novelty. It can be done, but it takes quite a bit of luck for things to line up correctly, at least for a trip that isn't a complete sufferfest.

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Lake Margaret Loop

Our beautiful loop trip to Lake Margaret in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The weather I would describe as "dynamic", with soaking rain showers, hail, sun breaks, and rainbows.

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Pear Lake

It rained. Our goal was to do an out and back to Pear Lake -- a short nine mile or so trip. We made it out four miles the first day before we decided to set up the tent....

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Jennie Lake Loop

A great trip through Jennie Lakes Wilderness with our 2.5 year old.

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The Little Man's First Backpacking Trip

The little man is nearly three, it's time to get him out on his first backpacking trip.

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Sawmill Pass

I once again woke early on Friday, and was out the door by 3:30. I love those early morning drives when there is adventure waiting on the other end...

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Klonaqua Cradle Loop

September 26, 2015

Some time ago, I stopped doing really any more research into a backpacking trip than I really had to do. I generally just look at a map, find some interesting lake, meadow, or river, decide to go check it out, and go...

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